“Being glued to your chair, to your computer, to your phone doesn’t necessarily equal productivity.“~Pam Covarrubias
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Productivity and self-care may sound like contrary pursuits. Still, if anyone can combine these classic opposites into an uncommon but cohesive practice, it’s podcaster, conscious productivity coach, and recovering procrastinator Pam Covarrubias.
Heads up: This episode makes liberal use of a “b” word, an “s” word, and an “f” word. Intrigued? Fabulous! Although the language doesn’t get nearly as salty as you might imagine (what, precisely, are you imaging?), the episode does provide a few choice words, courtesy of Pam, to add to your self-care arsenal. Fire away the next time you need to make space for productivity.
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“My goal and intention for my life is to help women find their voice. One way is to develop that with friction.“~Pam Covarrubias
Once you’ve made some breathing room, it’s time to supercharge those tasks and lean into some reciprocal encouragement. For that, you’re going to need a PowerSister. No, not a blood relative. No, not even a close friend (don’t despair, it’s for a good reason). The psychology behind PowerSister Method, Pam’s small group peer accountability program, is simple. Your chances of completing a project are greater when you tell someone of your intention. Pam knows from personal experience how a partner can strengthen resolve and support meaningful transformation. “Through my procrastination recovery journey, I realized that I needed a power sister the whole time. And I’m the person that needs accountability from someone else.”
The word accountability can trigger memories of dreary college study sessions or dull mastermind groups. Pam’s approach is more holistic. She personally matches each PowerSisters duo herself to spark good tension. I never considered applying conflict to my productivity tasks or self-care activities; I thought we were all aiming for smooth sailing. But in speaking with Pam, I’m beginning to feel that flow is overrated. “Friction,” she says “allows for a lot of growth.”
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